Underground Talents That Made Their Way to the NBA

February 22nd, 2016 by Andy Bailey Leave a reply »
A year or two at a Division I school, followed by a selection in the draft, is the traditional path to the NBA. It isn't available for everyone, though. And some underground talents have shown you can still reach the league without walking that path.

The reasons people go unnoticed are varied. Among other things, they might not have found the right situation in high school or college, or their skills may have been underappreciated around the time they tried to advance to the next level.

But going unnoticed or underappreciated at one time or another wasn't enough of a reason to stop the players discussed here from reaching their dream.

Some of the players who are currently enjoying careers in the NBA without hearing their names called on draft night include Gary Neal, Ish Smith, Kent Bazemore, Matthew Dellavedova, Tyler Johnson and Anthony Morrow (just to name a few). All are important rotation players (and, in some cases, starters) for their respective teams.

In the following slides, we'll take a closer look at five of the most notable undrafted players the NBA has ever seen.

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